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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Ath, Belgium, the City of Giants, is famous for its annual Parade of Giants. Every year, Goliath – whose name is pronounced ‘Gouyasse’ in the local dialect – leads the parade. The Brasserie des Géants (Giants’ Brewery), in Ath, didn’t think long before naming its first brew ‘Gouyasse.’ Gouyasse is a golden Belgian ale, and a nice one, at 6% alcohol by volume.
Only trouble is, the Gouyasse, at a respectable but not intimidating 6% abv, was not ferocious enough to carry the name of the mythical giant, especially here in the U.S., where we like our beers big – the bigger the better. And so it was that we proposed to the brewery a stronger beer, with the name Goliath. They came back with Goliath Tripel, which they have also packaged for sale in Belgium. It’s become their biggest seller there in very short time.
Goliath is 9% alcohol by volume, a little more red in the face than your average tripel (almost an amber, really), nicely balanced with a bracing hop note versus a solid malt wallop. Goliath is the only Tripel in Belgium that is all-malt – without any sugar or other additives in. (Everyone else uses some sugar to ‘thin out’ their Tripels, which gives them alcohol, without the body that you normally get from malt.) That means Goliath starts out a bit sweeter than some, but over time, as the live yeast in the bottle do their work, it gets drier and more punchy. The first batch, after about half a year in the bottle, is about where we want it, but it will probably become a greater beer as time goes by. We recommend that you check in on Goliath every once in a while.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1676) - Linden, - JAN 2, 2013
1500 ml bottle - pours golden blond with a steady head. Aroma of malt, yeast and flower notes. Taste is itrussy yet very round and mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (5721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2016
750 ml bottle. Unclear orange body with a huge, lacing white head. Aroma has pale malt, spices, some fruit and “sugary alcohol” (probably not a good term, esters might be better). Flavor is quite sweet pale malt, white sugar, mild fruit, yeast and alcohol. Low bitterness. Medium body and moderate, sweet aftertaste with some hot alcohol. Feels quite plain and sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maakun (2922) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Bottle at Kingsnight tasting. Clear light golden with fluffy off white head. Light peppery, very herbal and yeasty, lemon rind, light milky, Bit grassy. Under medium sweet and medium bitter. Under medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sjogro (2136) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Sampled from bottle at Kingsnight Avoidance Tasting. Hazy pale golden with white head. Dusty sweet malts. Cloves, fresh coriander. Light sweet. Medium carbonation. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjakk (674) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 22, 2016
Dark yellow lightly cloudy, white foam. Aroma of peach and fruit. Malt fruit with malty bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goofy34 (64) - Saint jean de vedas, FRANCE - APR 11, 2016
Belle couleur, mousse fine, amertume qui surprend des le début, du coup l’alcool est bien masqué, sinon du fruit et un peu de sucre, j’aime mais impossible de boire ça tout les jours...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (2080) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2016
Bottle at Pressklubben Stockholm. Long lasting white head. Light opaque solid golden color. Dry herbal aroma. Strong alcohole and smooth malty taste. Low bitterness and big body for a tripple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (517) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2016
33cl bottle at home (19 III 2016), shared with friends. Had it as "Goliath Triple". Now this is a triple in the middle of the road. Golden to yellow, straw coloured with vivid carbonation and a frothy white collar. A strong bodied brew with aromas of wheat and hops. The taste is rather dry, the mouthfeel has a spiritlike body. The taste comes with lots of wheat features, the ending is bitter. A modest Belgian triple, a nice upgrade for the blonde Goliath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (1761) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle @ home from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: clear golden blond beer with high hight carbonation and small yeast particles. Smell: sweet malt and caramel domination. Fruity and spicy, mustard notes. Taste: full body with caramel and sweet malt. Well balanced with spicy notes. Very nice triple drinkable. Finish with mustard notes. Aftertaste: spicy and caramel. Small alcohol notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (293) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
Mooi goudblond licht troebel bier met romige witte schuimkraag. Fruitig en bloemig aroma. Vanille, brood, hooi, perzik. Vol en romig van smaak. Lekker fris. Drinkt lekker weg. Warme pittige afdronk. Toptripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rubin77 (710) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 26, 2016
F: big, white, stable. C: gold to light amber, hazy, non-transparent. A: malty, orange peels, aromatic hops, spicy, yeast, lemon, green peppery. T: medium to full-bodied, good carbonated, malty, some dusty tones, orange peels, coriander, spicy peppery, nice earthy hops on the palate together with sweet malty and hint of fruity, good complex beer of old tradition, worth to try, 0,33l bottle from Match supermarket in Brussels.

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